Superstar James Harden is set to make his Brooklyn debut on Saturday evening against the Orlando Magic.
Just about two hours before tipoff at Barclays Center, the Nets announced that the eight-time All Star and three-time scoring champion will be available to play, after that had been some questions about whether or not the Nets would hold him out for one more game.
The massive four-team trade that brought the 31-year-old guard to Brooklyn was officially announced on Thursday, though Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that there was a slight adjustment to the trade made on Saturday, as a 2024 second-round pick from Cleveland that was originally going to the Nets is now being sent to Indiana due to an issue that came up during Caris LeVert’s physical with the Pacers.
Harden is set to take the floor with Kevin Durant for the first time together as teammates since the 2011-12 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kyrie Irving, meanwhile, is still out due to health and safety protocols stemming from his absence from the team due to personal reasons.
The Arizona State product is coming off of three straight seasons averaging 30-plus points per game, including his MVP year in 2017-18. Through eight games this season, Harden is averaging 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 10.4 assists.